Where ideas come to life

Take a stroll around the Emera ideaHUB on Dalhousie’s downtown Sexton Campus and it’s immediately evident it is a place designed for building new physical products.

There’s an enclosed room with 3D-printer technology, one outfitted with gear for building and testing electrical components, and another with tools for mechanical assembly — all nestled alongside a well-lit, open-concept workshop space generous enough to house the product prototypes created by up to a dozen startup companies at a time.

But this exciting new facility located in the heart of Halifax’s downtown innovation district is about building much more than innovative physical products — it’s about building the next generation of world-class technology companies.

CDL Atlantic graduate company helping to lower costs for Canadians

A Toronto based start-up is making its way to Atlantic Canada.

EnergyX Solutions Inc, which is a graduate of CDL Atlantic and co-founded by a Dal alumnus, helps homes and businesses lower their energy usage, improve their bottom line, and reduce their carbon footprint. They accomplish this by using an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered online energy audit in combination with robust data reporting and processing tools.

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Taking talent and innovation to the next level

A unique seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies is bringing together the best in the Atlantic region with the best in the world.

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) helps promising ventures transition into high-growth companies by providing access to a powerful network of national and international mentors. CDL started at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and arrived at Dal’s Rowe School of Business in 2017.

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Power-up: Halifax’s thriving battery scene attracts Ontario startup

They’re not light and they’re not small, but Salient Energy’s batteries do have two particularly appealing qualities: they store energy cheaply and they have a long lifespan. With a unique technology, a business plan and early investors already lined up, the Kitchener-Waterloo company’s future looks bright.

Now, as the young firm plots its next steps, it’ll be doing so from a new home base in Halifax.

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Nova Scotia start-up a game changer for future of clean energy

The “it” material that is significantly advancing solar power also happens to be the inspiration for an exciting start-up that calls Halifax home. Led by two long-time friends, Sam March and Dane George, Rayleigh Solar Tech is aiming commercialize perovskite solar cells.

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The big “IDEA”


A major reinvention of Dalhousie’s downtown Halifax engineering and architecture campus was set in motion in the fall of 2016 with the public launch of the IDEA project, a $64-million investment built on the support of multiple partners.

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